Barbara Richardson, of Roseacre Awareness Group, gives her reaction to the announcement by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government that he will decide Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking appeals. (See DrillOrDrop report)
So much for local democracy. These applications have been rejected at every level; by the residents, by the Parish Council, by the Borough Council and by the County Council. Even our Conservative MP, Mark Menzies, has stated publically that the decision should be left to local politicians
….. and rejected for good reason. This is about industrialisation of our countryside by an industry that is both dangerous and damaging to the environment, our health and climate change
Why should Westminster be allowed to decide what happens here in the North? They talk about devolving powers to the North yet this is in direct contradiction. Why should we be dictated to by a government being influenced by the oil and gas industry who stand to make millions from exploiting our precious resources for their own profit.
It is not just about the two sites at Roseacre and Little Plumpton; the whole of Lancashire is under threat, the whole of the UK even. Everyone will be affected in some way. Ask yourself why are other countries banning fracking or imposing moratoriums, why are there so many peer=reviewed reports proving it causes health problems, water and air pollution. There are just too many risks which far outweigh the benefits.
People need to wake up and see this for what it is. It is not about keeping the ‘lights on’ it is about corporate greed. It will not reduce energy bills. The jobs it creates will be short-lived and could have a serious impact on existing jobs, particularly in farming, food and tourism, whilst detracting from clean, renewable and sustainable energy solutions which would create many more jobs than fracking ever would.
This is a matter that should be decided by those elected to represent us locally, who fully understand the issues and will look after our interests and not by politicians in Westminster.